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Torah Portion

In These Dangerously Angry Times, Identify the Primary Underlying Emotions

By Rabbi Maurice Harris  Parshat Korach Parshat Korach opens with these words: “Then Korach, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi,...

The Next Step in the Journey: Taking the Optimistic Path

By Rabbi Cynthia Kravitz Parshat Shelach Dedicated to the memory of my dear husband, Nathaniel Entin z”l. Twelve years ago, my beloved husband passed away on Parshat...

Silence is Golden: Exhibit Strength by Remaining Silent When Challenged

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Beha’alotcha Rabbi Judah the Prince (135-217 C.E.), the chief editor of the Mishnah, was once delivering a lecture when suddenly...

All of Us Have the Ability to be Heroes

By Rabbi Daniel Wolpe  Parshat Naso When my brothers and I were children, we used to listen to a record of songs about the Tanakh....

Looking for Agreement Between Public Persona and Private Behavior

By Rabbi David Ackerman and Rosie Ackerman Parshat Bamidbar This Shabbat, my daughter Rosie will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah. For many...

Social Imperatives Flow From Ideas of Justice Found in Double Portion

By Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit Parshat Behar-Bechukotai This week’s parshah is a big double-dipper, Behar-Bechukotai — it means, “On the mountaintop” and “My directives” — and...

Shavuot: A Holiday in Search of a Home

By Rabbi Robert Layman  Parshat Emor Every holiday in the Jewish calendar has a fixed date determined by the Torah or by events not recorded in...

What Does It Mean to be Holy — and How Do We Fight Our...

By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim “Did you hear about so-and-so getting divorced?” “Those pants are too short; children should not wear that type of clothing.” “The...

Aspiring to High Standards Requires Kindness, Respect and Finding Some Common Ground

By Rabbi David Levin Parshat Tazria-Metzora Our world seems to be in a particularly harsh place. On all fronts we seem to be ailing. People seem unable...

It Takes a Community to Create Holiness — to Elevate Life and Go Beyond...

By Rabbi Beth Janus Parashat Shmini Imagine preparing for a brand new job. You have dreamed of having this job. You have studied for it. You...